Toronto Maple Leafs

Breaking News: Maple Leafs Acquire Mikhail Grabovski From Montreal

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IJuly 3, 2008

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to shape their roster for next season, this time trading with one of it's oldest rivals.

The Maple Leafs acquired Mikhail Grabovski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 2nd round draft choice in the 2010 NHL draft.

Grabovski is Montreal's eighth ranked prospect according to

A smooth skater with some real good speed, Grabovski can lead the rush, as well as finish off scoring chances.

While I am a little disappointed by the fact the Maple Leafs have traded Pateryn away so soon, you have to give to get, and I feel the Leafs made a pretty significant move in the grand scheme of things. 

Grabovski will likely line up at centre with the Maple Leafs.

Cliff Fletcher said he was impressed by Grabovski's performance at the most recent World Hockey Championship's, and said the speedy German forward has plenty of up-side, and room to develop.

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